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KHARTOUM — Sudan has blamed the lack of progress during the new round of talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on “Ethiopian obstinacy.” “A round of talks over the GERD was concluded on Tuesday in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa without any progress because of the Ethiopian obstinacy,” said Sudan’s negotiating team in a statement. “Ethiopia has persistently rejected all alternative options and compromises proposed by Sudan to give a role to the...

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BAGUDO — Motorists and residents in Bagudo Local Government Area of Kebbi have commended the Federal Government for reconstructing the Tuga bridge that links Nigeria with Benin and Niger Republics. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Tuga bridge was washed away by flood in 2020, cutting off Bagudo LGA from the rest of the state. Tuga bridge when it was washed away by the flood in 2020. Malam Umar Muhammad, a driver,...

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ASABA — Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has pledged to provide the major facilities needed for the full take-off of the three newly established universities in the state, within the limits of available resources. The governor disclosed this, on Tuesday, while inspecting ongoing projects at the new Dennis Osadebe University, Asaba. He said that he would do everything humanly possible, in the remaining two years of his administration, to ensure that the universities ran all...

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The Federal Government has rejected plans by the Senate to upgrade some medical facilities to tertiary health institutions in Adamawa State. The Senate is proposing three bills to give legal backing to the upgrade of the health institutions. The bills sponsored by the Senator representing Adamawa Central, Aisha Dahiru Ahmed Binani include the National Dermatology Hospital, Garkida Adamawa, Establishment Bill 2021; Teaching Hospital for the Modibbo Adama University, Yola and Federal Medical Centres Establishment Bill....

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By James Eze Standing on the tenth floor of the Control Tower of the Anambra International Airport, Umueri two days ago, I felt a tremor ripple through me. Six months earlier, the spot where the tower stands was a wrinkled patch of earth. Now upon it stands a towering monument to the resilience of a proud and enterprising people. It suddenly dawned on me that sometimes; the thin line between dream and reality is fear…fear...

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YOLA —  Commissioner Information and Strategy, Adamawa state Comrade Umar Garba Pella has reiterated government resolve to complete all projects initiated by the present administration and those abandoned by the previous regime in the state. Comrade Pella gave the assurance in an interview with The West African Pilot News said the present administration is poised to deliver the mandate of the majority of people who voted it into power through the provision of infrastructures across...

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Residents of Etudo/Awkunanaw Street in Achara Layout, Enugu South Local Government Area will soon heave a sigh of relief as this long stretched all-important road finally receives the attention of the Enugu State Government. Disclosing this on Friday, the Enugu State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, said, “The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has directed the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to commence immediate procurement for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Etudo/Awkunanaw...

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The Federal Government has said its fire service responded to 3,555 distress calls in 2020, during which 1,110 persons and properties valued at N1.351 trillion were saved from fire. Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola said this at the inauguration of a modern aerial fire-fighting vehicle –Aerial Hydraulic Platform Mercedes Benz Fire Truck–at the Zone F Command of Federal Fire Service in Lagos. He said the Federal Executive Council; two weeks ago approved the procurement of 94...

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Following the conversation of Federal Medical Centre FMC Yola to a University Teaching Hospital, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, Senator representing Adamawa Central in the National Assembly has sponsored a bill for the establishment of a Federal Medical Center (FMC) to be sited in Mubi. Recall that Senator Dahiru had sponsored the conversion of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola to a conventional university and sponsored another bill that will upgrade FMC Yola to...

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CALABAR —  Substandard structures being erected at the popular Watt Market in Calabar are accidents waiting to happen. This declaration was made in Calabar on Tuesday by Mr. Ekpenyong Ekpenyong, Chairman, Cross River chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building. Ekpenyong told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that contractors erecting new shops in the market were placing nine-inch blocks on six-inch blocks. He said it was even more dangerous considering the fact that the...

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